Exchange Studies

Application for the fall semester 2019 is closed! Welcome back in the fall when we open the application for the spring semester 2020!

To those of you who have applied!

Notification of Selection Results will be published on the 20th of May. You who will be offered a place will then also receive a welcome letter with information from us. If you have any questions prior to that or after you have found out, you are of course always welcome to contact us at:


How to apply

Step 1. Nomination and selection of courses
In order to apply to us there must be an exisiting partner agreement between us and your home university. If there is such an agreement you have to let your International Coordinator know that you want to apply so that he/she can nominate you for the exchange studies. After you have been nominated by your Coordinator you will receive an automatic e-mail with instructions how to apply for courses. Please note that the e-mail may occasionally be caught in the spam folder.

Nomination deadline for the spring semester 2020: October 1

Application deadline for the spring semester 2020: October 15

For frequently asked questions such as how to apply for housing, insurance coverage etc., have a look here

For the link to Umeå University's online course catalogue see here


Information regarding selection of courses
With us all our students are registered at certain programme courses each semester so depending on which year of studies you are in we will advise you to apply to the courses offered the semester of studies you are in at the time of your exchange period with us. These courses are mandatory and it is expected that you participate in all of them. By following and passing the courses you will earn 30 ECTS credits. On top of that you have the option to participate in a number of workshops offered to all students. These will not give you any extra credits but hopefully provide you with new skills plus you can always ask the teacher or professor holdig the workshop to certify that you have participated in his/her workshop. On top of the 30 credits you take with us you have the possibility to apply for and be accepted to another 15 credits of courses offered by some other department within Umeå University.

Based on your previous education (which term of studies you are in) and your artistic experience (the work you send in to us) we want you to take either the courses offered in year 2 within our bachelor programme or in year 1 within our master programme.

Step 2. Work samples, motivation letter and CV
In addition to applying according to the instructions sent to you and your selection of courses, you have to send your digital portfolio to us. This application should include approximtely 5 work samples, a motivation letter and your CV.  Send your application to, no later than October 15 for the spring semester 2020. Send your work samples through WeTransfer or Dropbox if the files are large.

Selection procedure

After the deadline our professors will go through the incoming applications and decide who they want to offer a place. Our professors base their decision on the artistic quality of the portfolio and on the student's qualification and motivation. Aditionally, we have to adjust to the total number of students at the school as we only have a certain number of studio places to offer our students.


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